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Gilbert Legrand – Household objects as you’ve never seen them before.

September 30th, 2014 4:39 pm

Gilbert Legrand is a French artist whose creativity allows him to find faces and characters in ordinary objects. He brings these to life for others to see through his illustration and 3d sculptures.

As a child Gilbert admitted he ‘had a little obsession’ even inventing new toys by using everyday domestic utensils  This encouraged Gilbert to become an illustrator which gave him the license to sketch the faces he constantly saw in the objects all around him.

Once he had fully developed his sketching and illustrating, he began to use actual objects like scissors, brushes, zippers, and various pieces of cutlery, turning them into whimsical sculptures.

With the addition of a face and some arms and legs, a paintbrush can become a mangled fox, a hinge can become a shady salesman, and a comb can become someone fighting against a gust of wind.

The Paris-born artist currently works in Toulouse and has been creating these imaginative sculptures for over 10 years. Fortunately for us, Legrand regularly exhibits his works in art centres across France, so try and find a show on your next visit.

If you can’t get to France to see an exhibition, hopefully Legrand’s wildly imaginative creations will help you to find the fun characters that are hidden all around you!


September 23rd, 2014 3:30 pm

An all-female American girl group called ‘The Mrs’ recently asked woman from across the USA ‘how do you feel when you look in the mirror?’ Shocked with the answer they devised a plan to change their opinions.

Creating a ‘magic mirror’, each person was able to look at their own reflections and judge on a touch screen scale how they felt about themselves.  As if by magic, band members were heard telling the person in front of the glass how beautiful they really were.

The idea was to replace the negative voice in their head with a more positive one, and invite woman to look in the mirror with love and appreciation not only for their looks, but the many other aspects of their beauty.

As the video shows some woman had a more personal message, with family member’s videos being projected through the glass, to show the woman standing in front how much she was valued and loved. The aim of this was for the person to look past how they look and to see in the reflection how brave, unselfish, how strong and generous they were, by seeing themselves through the eyes of others.

We thought the video was incredibly touching and inspiring. Watch the video below (warning you may need tissues.)

Introducing the Ikea Bookbook

September 4th, 2014 2:51 pm

Ikea are pretty initiative when it comes to what they do, and this advertisement approach had us all in stiches here in the office.

Using apple’s outline for their over the top product commercials, Ikea have spun it on its head by presenting their A/W 14 Catalogue as some sort of technologic device.

As Jörgen Eghammer, also known as Chief Design Güru explains, the catalogue is not a digital book or even an e-book but it’s the Bookbook.

No need for power cables or waiting around for the pictures to load. Everything’s there right in front of you in an instant.

We are all sold and will be visiting our local Ikea store to pick one up this weekend.


© Anne Kroul, 2013.